In a new episode of her podcast, Archetypes, Meghan Markle discussed her childhood image issues, being ‘envious’ of Paris Hilton, and more.
Meghan Markle’s podcast Archetypes has been making headlines every week due to the Duchess of Sussex’s candid revelations about not only her royal life and family with Prince Harry, but also anecdotes about her childhood and early career experiences. Markle speaks with Paris Hilton and Iliza Shlesinger in the most recent episode.
Meghan’s podcast discusses the various labels that are attached to women and how they try to hold them back each week. After discussing mental health with Deepika Padukone and Constance Wu last week, the Duchess of Sussex now addresses women being referred to as “Bimbo.” Meghan reflected on her own early career and the time she felt she was forced to feel “all looks and little substance” while deconstructing the term and its impact on women. Here are the major revelations made by the Duchess in the new episode.
Meghan Markle’s appearance on Deal or No Deal
Meghan began her podcast by revealing a “rarity” for anyone with two children under the age of four: she recently had the time to flip through channels on the TV. The Duchess went on to say that her recent TV time took her back to her Deal or No Deal days, when she was a briefcase girl for a short time. Meghan recalled how grateful she was to have a job to pay bills while auditioning.
During Deal or No Deal, I felt ‘objectified.’
Meghan went on to explain why she left Deal or No Deal, stating that she didn’t like how it made her feel. “I was thankful for the job, but not for how it made me feel,” she explained. And, by the way, I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the point. I’d leave with a pit in my stomach, knowing that I was much more than what was being objectified on stage.” Backstage, Markle recalled how there was a woman who ran the show who couldn’t properly pronounce her last name at the time and would say, “‘Markle,'” suck it in! Markle, suck it in!'”
Meghan admits to having ‘envy’ for Paris Hilton.
Markle’s most recent podcast guest was Paris Hilton, and during their conversation, the Duchess revealed that when she was younger, she felt “judgement and envy” towards Hilton because she was always “the smart one” while Hilton was “the pretty one.” Meghan discussed growing up in Los Angeles at the same time as Paris, saying, “I was this nerd, so it was so hard for me to think about what you and I would talk about when so much of the identity – whether it was placed upon you, or you adopted, or you embraced, or you used to build a career – was about not leaning into being smart.”
Meghan’s expectations for Lili’s future
The Duchess of Sussex discussed how she wants her daughter to grow up with comedian Iliza Shlesinger, who is also a girl mom. When asked about her daughter’s future, Meghan expressed hope that her young daughter, whom she shares with her husband, Prince Harry, and son Archie Harrison, will strive for “intelligence and authenticity.” She went on to say how she wants Lilibet Diana to defy stereotypes and not associate her self-worth solely with her beauty.
Regarding her childhood crush
Meghan talked about her childhood and how she never felt like the “pretty one” until she was “10, 11.” When discussing her self-image, the Duchess went on to say how she was persuaded by the notion that she was the “smart one.” Markle then added, recalling a childhood crush, “I had a thing for this guy named Chris! I couldn’t even get Chris to look at me! You understand?” Continuing the conversation, Meghan mentioned how women are often under pressure to be something desirable.
Meghan Markle’s podcast is doing well with the public, and during its initial announcement, Markle expressed her excitement for people to get to know the real her through the podcast. Until now, the Duchess has hosted a number of notable guests on the show, including her close friend Serena Williams, who appeared in the premiere, as well as Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling, Margaret Cho, Lisa Ling, and Constance Wu. Meanwhile, recent reports indicate that Markle and Prince Harry’s docuseries may be available on Netflix in December of this year.